Just had an insanely progressive weekend back in Aspen this weekend where Muscle Milk provided me the opportunity to ride a private pipe with Gretchen Bleiler for three days. I was stoked to get some quality time riding a ripping pipe with good weather and without the pressure of having to compete in the next 20 minutes. Sometimes thats what you need to get over the mental blocks of multiple surgeries from the same trick in previous years. Riding with Gretchen is always a blast also, she has an amazing drive that most other female snowboarders don’t posses and an ability to keep the positivity flowing like wine while photographers flock like the salmon of Capistrano.
The lack of snow fall this winter is one thing but only riding icy runs all year is just that extra pinch of salt in the wound. Fortunately we got a few fresh inches which made for some lucsiously soft groomers to sink and edge into for some surf like carves.
Stayed at the Little Nell downtown. Badass rooms but watch out for the valet service.
Blake Kueny, Me, and Ricky Bower livin like bosses.
Harnessed my inner dragon and tried to start the roof on fire. But found a new way to keep my fingers warm for any future trips to Vermont.
Another crazy weekend in Aspen as goes the tradition for X-Games. The most X-treme action, sinful parties, shakin babies and kissing hands, and of course all the young women with great personalities who left there shame and dignity back in Boulder. Gotta thank Nike for setting us up like royalty at the same panty dropping mansion that we’ve stayed in for the past 3 years. Stripper pole in the master bedroom, 6 other bedrooms, kitchens w/ chefs, gym, steam room, theater, the whole she-bang. And she banged. That aside, the riding was pretty out of control as well, multiple triple corks on jumps, Sage Kotsenburg slaying a 2nd place in Slope, front flips on snowmobiles, and Shaun hiring a blind fashion stylist to mirror one of Weezys latest outfits. Fine with me, it only made the rest of us look better. Either way, it was great to ride the pipe there and send some lofty runs. I spent the week working towards some double corks and attempting a double back 12 in finals. Although it wasn’t the ideal way to land that trick, I think I could give Will Ferrel a run for his money when it comes to cannonballs. I can’t be upset with a 5th place though so I made sure to go as big later that night as I did in the contest. Check out some of the photos below!